As of January 1st, 2010, Thailand signed the ASEAN 6 charter. It called for the complete elimination of import duties on all liquor products between thailand, malaysia, indonesia, the philippines, brunei, and singapore. Why has Thailand been able to get away with completely ignoring this? We know the reasons. The powerful liquor industry continues to buy off Thai politicians. But, why has nobody been called on this? How can they get away with it? When was the last time anyone say a Bintang beer for sale in Thailand? We all know, with the substandard Thai beers, that the local industry must be afraid of the vastly superior quality of imported beer from throughout the region. It is better quality and less expensive. Does anyone have any knowledge of this? I also hear the import duties are to be completely relaxed for all of ASEAN as of next year. Will that make ANY difference, or will the Thai customs department continue to enforce the will of the beverage industry here?